Some claims are too petty even for Media Matters to make on the merits alone.Â Unfortunately, thatâ€™s not to say they have the good sense to abandon such attacksâ€”no, they just need a little extra padding, like dredging up old, unrelated controversies to make them seem more significant.
Look at, for example, MoveOn.org. Look at how ugly this got. Here’s a guy that has dedicated his life — General [David] Petraeus — to saving his country: “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?â€ [â€¦] Why do you think there wasn’t more outrage and why wasn’t there more media coverage — in the mainstream media — on this?
First, Media Matters runs down a long list of media outlets that did cover the General Betray-Us ad.Â Unfortunately, they donâ€™t describe or link to any of them, leaving the reader to guess just how accurate, biased, or â€œextensiveâ€ any of that coverage really was.Â Are we talking full reports, or passing references in other discussions?Â Substantive criticism and reporting on the adâ€™s offensive nature, or attempts to equivocate?
In any event, Media Matters seems to have caught Hannity speaking less precisely than he should have in an off-the-cuff reference to a two-year-old controversy.Â Keep up the important work, guys!Â Maybe you can follow-up with a special report exposing all the typos in Gibsonâ€™s new book!
Perhaps sensing that this observation might not be stunning enough to warrant a full post, Media Matters introduces a hypocrisy angle, claiming that many of the same outlets who pounced on the Betray-Us story ignored the faux controversy over Rush Limbaughâ€™s â€œphony soldiersâ€ remarks.Â Yes, because we all know the mainstream mediaâ€™s real problem is its right-wing bias!
Unfortunately for Media Matters, a quick Google search reveals several media outlets did cover themâ€”including the New York Times, CNN, USA Today, the Boston Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, and even â€œright-wingâ€ Fox News.Â At the time, NewsBusters pointed out that MSNBC covered the story obsessively, and speculated that the rest of the MSM might have ran away from it because it was so quickly shown to be bogus, they recognized â€œhow hypocritical it would be to castigate Limbaugh for basically reiterating what ABC’s Brian Ross and Charles Gibson reported last Monday evening just two days before,â€ and/or they hoped to bury then-candidate Hillary Clintonâ€™s embarrassing ties to the smear machine.
It never ceases to amaze what non-stories pass for scandal on the Left.Â Media Mattersâ€™ strategy might be to overwhelm conservatives with the sheer number of their daily attacks, but their tactics only prove that quantity is no substitute for quality.